Crash kills driver, 24, in police chase

February 07, 2007|By Richard Irwin | Richard Irwin,Sun Reporter

A driver being chased by Howard County police after a hit-and-run collision lost control of his car near Columbia yesterday, crashed and died at a hospital a short time later, police said.

Franklin Donnell Sessions, 24, of the 5600 block of Harpers Farm Road in Columbia died shortly after the 3:45 p.m. chase, said Officer Jennifer Reidy, a police spokeswoman.

A county police officer saw a collision on Clarksville Boulevard and attempted to stop Sessions' Acura, Reidy said.

The driver headed west, driving erractically and nearly striking a school bus before turning north on Homewood Road near the Howard County School of Technology. He lost control, went over an embankment and crashed in woods, Reidy said.

Sessions, who was ejected, was pronounced dead at Howard County General Hospital.

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